Charles (Charlie) Ellingworth went to Oxford where he read History - and otherwise wasted his time. He supported himself through university by working on oil-rigs.

He lived in Hong Kong for four years before starting Property Vision with a friend.  They built the business over twenty years before selling it to HSBC. The management bought it back in 2012. He is a director of other companies, including the Cadogan Estate which is the owner of much of Chelsea.

Charlie married Amanda in 1987 and lives in Somerset with three sons and an assortment of other animals. He wrote a comic novel before Silent Night which did not get published –  it obviously wasn't funny enough. He has just finished a play about the forger Van Meegeren and is half way through another novel. He writes regularly for the FT and other magazines.
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